There are many factors which can cause cavities even with regular teeth brushing, among them inadequate oral hygiene. Regular appointments with a dentist can help prevent your child having cavities.
Children often miss cleaning hard-to-reach areas of the mouth where the food which bacteria feeds on can be trapped.
Frequently eating food increases the risk of more bacteria as it feeds off the sugar from the food breaking down.
Regularly drinking water can help clear the mouth of food debris and neutralise acid produced by bacteria.
“Bacteria feed on food that breaks down into sugar. Any carbohydrate breaks down into a form of sugar which is a treat to bacteria. Bacteria feed on these sugars, produce acid that soften the tooth and gradually forms a cavity.”
Were you aware that lasers are having a massive impact upon oral care treatments?
This is especially true in treating severe gum disease, called periodontal disease. This condition is caused by factors such as smoking, poor oral hygiene, failing to brush your teeth correctly, not consulting with a dentist on a regular basis, and certain types of medication.
Laser therapies are now beginning to replace traditional methods such as planing and scaling. Lasers will burn away any affected gum tissue before accessing the root. Not only is this method more efficient and precise, but the patient will not experience any pain. In other words, you will not require any type of anaesthetic.
While there are certain risks associated with any type of dental treatment, lasers tend to be safe options. The only possible concern is if a dentist utilises the inappropriate wavelength of light. This could result in the removal of more tissue than is necessary.
However, the chances of this occurring are relatively slim if you consult with a trained technician. To put this another way, such a risk is much less of a concern when compared with traditional techniques that are associated with a fair amount of mechanical manipulation of the gums.
Insurance Coverage and Future Care
The good news about laser therapy is that the majority of providers will offer coverage, as the technique is intended to correct any important medical condition. After-care instructions are similar to those following any type of dental treatment.
Always practice the proper cleaning techniques. Do not smoke as that is known to irritate the gums. Finally, be sure to see your dentist in a timely fashion in order to identity any minor issues before the turn into large problems.
– As lasers are less invasive, issues such as excess bleeding and swelling are virtually eliminated.
– You will not experience any pain and will recover in a much shorter time frame.
– It is easy for the dentist to access areas of the tooth that need to be planed.
“In periodontal laser therapy, the provider uses a dental laser to access and remove the inflamed gum tissue from around the root of the tooth.”
If your child wakes up with headaches, see the dentist immediately. This may be a sign of teeth Grinding (bruxism) which is a common habit that causes enamel erosion, cracking and gum inflammation. Here’s more.
– Confirm if your child is stressed and seek stress-relieving remedies.
– Prevent anxiety and hyperactivity especially in children with ADHD and ADD.
– Have your child wear a mouthguard to sleep in order to protect teeth.
– Visit the dentist to assess any underlying dental problems like misaligned bites.
Watch out for signs like cracks and jaw pain. Also, see the dentist regularly for checkups and treatment.
Unless bad breath is caused by gum disease or an underlying medical condition, the problem is usually easy to avoid or treat. The most common causes are either improper dental care or eating the wrong foods. Smoking is also a recognised culprit.
Avoiding bad breath can be achieved by following some basic guidelines:
– Take proper care of teeth and gums and visit the dentist regularly
– Avoid “smelly” foods like onions, garlic and strongly flavoured snacks
Research points to a link between the health of our teeth and gums and our eating habits. Good nutrition is vital for good oral health, which in turn is key for good overall health.
– Drinking tap water helps reduce cavities since it does not contain sugar and washes away food stuck to teeth.
– Some foods are not as good for your teeth as you may think, including fruit drinks and sticky dried fruits like raisins.
– Snacking on foods high in sugar through the day feeds the bacteria which cause cavities. “Most people think only candy causes cavities, but much of the food we eat like chips, crackers, and bread contain carbohydrates that turn into sugars in the mouth.”
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